Jordan Dillinger of Salem placed in six categories at the Milleneum Invitational Karate Tournament on Saturday in Mentor. Dillinger placed first in Self Defense, Sparring, Chanbara and musical weapons while finishing second in Kata and Weapons.
The Jefferson Township Recreation Department's Karate Program will begin its next 11-week session on Monday, June 5, and continue through Monday, Aug. 28. There will be no class on July 3 and August 21. The program is open to school age children ages Kindergarten and up as well as adults. This ongoing program has been running for 12 years through the Recreation Department with instructors from the Jersey Judo Karate Academy of Kenvil teaching the Isshinryu style of Karate.
The Wenatchee School of Karate sent a group of competitors to the Franco Cup at Hanford High School in Richland on May 19 and 20. The event was hosted by Trinity Martial Arts Academy of Richland in honor of Shihan John M. Franco Sr. and consisted of a seminar on Friday prior to the actual competition, which took place Saturday. For as little as 27 cents a day, you can have complete access to all the local news, photos and video content from North Central Washington's primary news source.
A few months ago, Pat Wiegand was in search for a karate class for her adult son with Down syndrome, but failed to find one that would fit his needs. That is when Pat took matters into her own hands to find someone who would be willing to start a special kind of karate class.
Saturday's amateur MMA bout in Tokyo between Momoko Yamasaki and a fighter identified in promotional materials only as “Momo” was hardly in doubt, with Momo taking Yamasaki's back in the first seconds of the fight and winning soon after with a rear naked choke. But what if I told you that Momo was a 12-year-old middle-schooler and her opponent was 24. That changes things, no? According to an Uproxx story from earlier this month, Momo began training in karate at the age of 3 and now trains at least 3 1/2 hours a day, six times a week, with Sadanori Yamaguchi, who has trained fighters such as Mizuki Inoue, a 22-year-old who won her first tournament at 16 and has gone on to fight for the Invicta promotion.
The East West Karate Academy of Sparta recently held its spring shiai tournament where Sensei Scott Klinger and his experienced team of black belts led the program for more than 150 students in attendance. The competition for the day focused on kumite, also known as sparring.
The 24-year- old secondary teacher and national squad member defeated Kimekai Karate Tasmania's Clare Henry in the final to win the kata and Kintora Shotokan Karate-Do's Annalise Beechey and Karate Budokan Tasmania's Jack Slater for the mixed super kata.